IMPORTANT: Black Butte is surrounded by non-public land. You will need to have permission to hike up there!
Drawn to excessive locations.
There are a number of “Black Buttes” in Montana – This one is within the Judith Mountains northeast of Lewistown, an 8-mile drive south of the tiny city of Roy. My roots are on the Hello-Line, so I’ve pushed previous it numerous occasions on the best way forwards and backwards to Billings. I like the best way it stands alone, other than different peaks within the Judith Mountains. One other issue that piqued my curiosity is that Black Butte is the place legendary drugs man Bull Lodge skilled the primary of seven visions. Bull Lodge (ca 1802-1886) was a non secular chief, healer, and keeper of the Feathered Pipe of the Aaniih (previously often known as Gros Ventre). From the ages of seventeen to twenty-three he skilled seven visions on seven peaks in north-central Montana from Black Butte within the Judith Mountains to Porcupine Butte within the Candy Grass Hills. The visions are chronicled within the guide The Seven Visions of Bull Lodge by George Horse Seize. I’ve included a map of the seven places within the picture tour (see hyperlink under).
As soon as in a lifetime expertise; a real character-builder.
I’m again in Hays for the varsity 12 months (science instructor), and this previous Saturday (8/15/20) I satisfied a pair associates to climb Black Butte with me (68-mile drive south from Hays) – Rick and I’ve been associates since elementary college in Harlem, and Paul is the PE instructor at the highschool in Hays the place I train. There isn’t any path, so my plan was for us to stroll eastward from Black Butte Highway after which southward, ultimately ascending the steep forested north slope (map included in picture tour). Though the hike was solely 5 miles round-trip, I’m not gonna lie, scrambling up that slope was very disagreeable; no path, alternating between thick pine timber and scree, and all of it on steep slopes – a troublesome mixture. As soon as we reached the summit, Paul who’s from New Zealand, commented that this might be a “oncer” – Doing this hike one time was sufficient for him. Though all of us loved our hard-earned summit time, Rick and I agreed. Unsure why Bull Lodge picked such a troublesome one for his first imaginative and prescient quest, nevertheless it most likely had one thing to do together with his age – He was in his teenagers when he ascended Black Butte within the early 1800’s. (Photograph Tour)
Under: This map marks hikes which have been featured on bigskywalker.com to this point, together with a number of others alongside the Rocky Mountain Entrance – Choose full display screen to develop, zoom in for extra element, or click on on a marker for a hyperlink to the submit.